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Profile of the Day: Patrick Dempsey

Posted January 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Patrick Dempsey! Today the Grey’s Anatomy star turns 49. Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine on January 13, 1966. An adept juggler, Dempsey once tied for second place in a national juggling competition. He discovered a love for acting at a young age and by the late 1980s, Dempsey was a star. With hits like the romantic comedies, Heaven Help Us and Loverboy, Dempsey became a teen heartthrob. He later transitioned to television, and found a resurgence of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jean Stapleton

Posted January 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching All in the Family? On this day in 1971, the classic sitcom premiered on television. Staring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, the groundbreaking show tacked many controversial issues including racism, women’s liberation and the Vietnam War. For five consecutive seasons, All in the Family was the #1 watched show on television. Throughout it’s run, the show won multiple awards and was the first sitcom to have all of its lead actors win Emmys. Today,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Baez

Posted January 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Joan Baez! Today the American folk singer turns 74. Baez was born in Staten Island, New York to Albert Baez and Joan Bridge. Her father was born in Mexico, while her mother was born in Scotland. Albert Baez was noted physicist and made important contributions to the early development of the X-ray microscope. An activist and songwriter, Baez often used her music to express her social and political views, often promoting nonviolence, civil… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday! The King of Rock and Roll was born on January 8, 1935 in a two-room shotgun house built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi. From his very humble beginnings, Elvis would go on to become one of the world’s greatest music legends. Elvis catapulted to stardom after his infamous appearance on the Milton Berle Show, where he sang his hit “Hound Dog” while suggestively gyrating to the music…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolas Cage

Posted January 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Nicolas Cage! Today the actor turns 51. Born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, Nicolas is the son of literature professor August Floyd Coppola and Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer. Nicolas discovered his love for acting at 15 after attending a summer class at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. The nephew of iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas changed his name to forge his own identity separate from his famous pedigree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted January 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you know Morse code? On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse would eventually develop a code using pulses and pauses, which we now know as Morse code. Morse’s invention revolutionized long distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity during the 1920s and 1930s. Did… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King C. Gillette

Posted January 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1855, American inventor King C. Gillette was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The inventor of the best selling version of the safety razor, today, Gillette’s name is still synonymous with razor blades. Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Gillette and his family had survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but lost most of their possessions. To help his family, Gillette became a traveling salesman. It was during this time that he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Posted December 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s New Year’s Eve! It wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without hearing the holiday’s signature song, “Auld Lang Syne.” Did you know Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788? The song was set to the tune of an old Scottish folk song and was never intended to be a holiday song. Nevertheless, the song gained enormous popularity and it became tradition to sing the song to cherish old friends, bid farewell to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helge Ingstad

Posted December 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 30, 1899, Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad was born in Meråker, Norway. Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine, were the first to prove that the Vikings had reached North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. In 1960, Ingstad discovered the remnants of a Viking settlement in the L’Anse aux Meadows of Newfoundland, Canada. The settlement has been dated to approximately 1,000 years ago and is the only known site of a Norse or Viking village… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Goodyear

Posted December 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 29, 1800, inventor Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He invented and developed a process to vulcanize rubber in 1839. The oldest of six children, Goodyear was a descendant of Stephen Goodyear, one of the founders of the colony of New Haven in 1638. For years, Goodyear experimented with natural rubber, trying to make the material more reliable and stable for industrial use. Despite his crippling debt, Goodyear succeeded when he accidentally discovered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander I

Posted December 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any Russian heritage? On this day in 1777, Alexander I of Russia was born in Saint Petersburg. Between 1801 – 1825, Alexander reigned as Emperor of Russia, leading the empire during the chaotic period of the Napoleonic Wars. He succeeded to the throne after his father was murdered. Both he and his younger brother Constantine were raised by their grandmother, Catherine the Great. Some sources allege that Catherine had planned to remove her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ludwig van Beethoven

Posted December 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of classical music? On this day in 1808, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 made its world premiere in a mammoth concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. The conditions of the four-hour concert were very difficult. With freezing temperatures in the theater and little rehearsal time, the orchestra did not play very well. Their poor performance had even forced Beethoven, who was also acting as conductor, to stop the music and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted December 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’s Christmas classic A Christmas Carol was first published in London. An instant success, Dickens’s novella significantly influenced the rejuvenation of the old Christmas traditions of England. Since it’s publication, the story has never been out of print. Children all around the world grow up hearing the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his spiritual visitors, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Do you remember reading A Christmas Carol while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steven Spielberg

Posted December 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Steven Spielberg! Today the iconic director turns 68. Born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Spielberg got his start making films at an early age. Throughout his early teens, he made amateur 8mm adventure films with his friends, even earning his first Boy Scout merit badge for a Western film he created. After the successful release of Jaws, Spielberg became a household name. The film became the first movie in history to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Simón Bolívar

Posted December 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On December 17, 1830, Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar died at the age of 47. Considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas, Bolívar played an instrumental role in Latin America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Bolívar’s surname was derived from the Bolívar aristocrats from the Basque Country La Puebla de Bolívar in Spain. In the sixteenth century, the family settled in Venezuela and prospered. Born into wealth, Simón… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Austen

Posted December 16, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Do you remember reading Pride and Prejudice? On December 16, 1775, author Jane Austen was born in Steventon, England. The Austens were a large, close knit family. Jane’s parents, George and Cassandra Austen, were members of substantial gentry families. Early on, Jane would write poems, stories and plays for her family’s amusement. It wasn’t until Jane was in her thirties that she publish her first novels. From 1811-1816, Jane anonymously published what would be known as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted December 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Gone with the Wind? 75 years ago, the epic film premiered in Atlanta, Georgia. The movie starred Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as the Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. The day of the film premiere was a statewide holiday in Georgia. Hundreds of thousands of people descended on the theater to watch the stars arrive. However, not all the stars of the film were allowed to attend. Hattie McDaniel had been barred from attending… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Munch

Posted December 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On December 12, 1863, famous Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch, was born in a farmhouse in Løten, Norway. After his mother died in 1868, Edvard and his siblings were raised by his father, who often entertained the children with vivid ghost-stories and tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Between 1893 and 1910, Edvard created his most famous piece, The Scream. He created four versions, two paintings and two pastels. His piece is perhaps one of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brenda Lee

Posted December 11, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Is the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” on your holiday playlist? Today, the voice behind the popular Christmas song, Brenda Lee, celebrates her 70th birthday! She was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. She began singing at the age of two, earning candy and coins for singing at the local candy store, and won a singing contest at the age of 6. Her family was poor, and when her father died… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted December 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson On this day in 1830, poet Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. With deep ancestral roots in New England, Emily lived much of her reclusive life in her family’s homestead in Amherst. Reluctant to meet with people in person, many of her friendships were carried through correspondence. A prolific poet, Emily wrote over 1800 poems, but published less than… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Donny Osmond

Posted December 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Donny Osmond! Today the former teen idol turns 57. Born Donald Clark Osmond on December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, Donny showed a flair for performing at a very young age. He joined his older brothers to form the musical group The Osmonds and quickly stood out for his lead vocals. In the 1970s, Donny branched out on his own with hits “Puppy Love” and “Go Away Little Girl.” He later partnered with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Posted December 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember famous Rat Pack performer Sammy Davis, Jr. on what would have been his 89th birthday. Samuel George Davis, Jr. was born in Harlem, New York to Sammy Davis, Sr., an African-American entertainer, and Elvera Sanchez, a tap dancer of Afro-Cuban descent. Davis began his career in show business as a small child dancing in his father’s vaudeville act. During World War II, he served in the U.S. army, where he faced strong racial… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Custer

Posted December 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors that served in the American Civil War? On this day in 1839, Union General George Armstrong Custer was born in New Rumley, Ohio. Did you know that during the Civil War, the press frequently nicknamed him “The Boy General” in reference to his promotion to brigadier general at the age of 23? Despite his strong reputation for his bravery and heroism during the Civil War, Custer is perhaps best remembered for his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marisa Tomei

Posted December 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Marisa Tomei! Today the actress turns 50. Born in Brooklyn New York to Patricia and Gary Tomei, Marisa caught the acting bug early after being captivated by the Broadway shows she watched with her family. Following string of small roles, her career exploded with her Oscar-winning performance in the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny. While investigating her Italian roots on the popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?, Marisa discovered the true story… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading Heart of Darkness? On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, in what is now Ukraine. Interestingly, although regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Conrad did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Conrad was the only child of Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. His father was a poet, playwright and clandestine political activist. At the age of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marquis de Sade

Posted December 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any black sheep in your family tree? On this day 200 years ago, the notorious Marquis de Sade died in an insane asylum. A highly controversial figure in history, de Sade’s scandalous life and work shocked and continues to shock audiences. For years, his descendants had long disowned their scandalous ancestor and eliminated the use of the marquis title well into the mid-twentieth century. Today, his living descendants have embraced their infamous ancestor, producing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pedro I

Posted December 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1822, Pedro I was crowned the first Emperor of Brazil. Known as “the Liberator,” Pedro is best remembered for declaring Brazil’s independence from Portugal. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Pedro was the fourth child of King Dom João VI of Portugal and Queen Carlota Joaquina. After the country was invaded by the French, Pedro and his family fled to Brazil, Portugal’s largest and wealthiest colony. He remained in Brazil as regent when his father returned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jon Stewart

Posted November 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Jon Stewart! Today the comedian turns 52. He was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City, New York to a well-educated middle class, Jewish family. Did you know his grandfather, Nathan Laskin, immigrated to the U.S. from Tianjin, China, which is home to a thriving Jewish community? He worked in the family’s fur business and performed stand-up comedy for other merchants who did business in the city. Comedy must run in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Schulz

Posted November 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember cartoonist Charles M. Schulz who was born November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the only child of Carl Schulz, born in Germany, and Dena Halverson, who was of Norwegian descent. Best known for the beloved comic strip Peanuts, Schulz is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonist of all time. As a child, Schulz loved to draw and sometimes drew his family dog, Spike, who ate lots of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ricardo Montalbán

Posted November 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Fantasy Island? On this day in 1920, star Ricardo Montalbán was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He was born Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino to Spanish immigrants Ricarda Merino and Jenaro Montalbán. With a career spanning seven decades, Montalbán tackled a wide variety of roles on both the big and small screen. In addition to his memorable role as Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island, Montalbán also played the iconic Star Trek… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Zachary Taylor

Posted November 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On November 24, 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States, was born in Barboursville, Virginia. He was born to a prominent family of planters. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army and a national hero for his victories during the Mexican-American War. In 1848, he narrowly won the presidential election. As tension over slavery was beginning to build and Taylor fell on the side against slavery. His top priority as president… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Goldie Hawn! Today the actress turns 69. She was born Goldie Jeanne Hawn on November 21, 1945 in Washington D.C. to Laura Steinhoff, a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn, a band musician. Goldie got her big break as a regular cast member on the sketch comedy show Laugh-In. Her Laugh-In persona let her easily segue into several popular film appearances, including Cactus Flower, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted November 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 89th birthday. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Robert was the seventh child of Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald. After successfully managing his older brother’s presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy appointed him Attorney General. Robert would become one of President Kennedy’s closest advisors during his administration. A year after his brother’s assassination, Robert won a seat in the Senate, with aim to become the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Garfield

Posted November 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any Presidents in your family tree? On November 19, 1831, James Garfield was born in a log cabin in Orange Township, Ohio. Garfield had come from very humble beginnings. His father was a wrestler and died when Garfield was just 18 months old. He was raised by his mother and his uncle and aunt, who lived just next door. In 1881, Garfield was elected the 20th President of the United States. However, his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld

Posted November 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have Finnish ancestors? On this day in 1832, arctic explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld was born in Helsinki, Finland. A member of the prominent Finnish-Swedish Nordenskiölds family, Adolf was one of the most internationally famous Finnish scientists. In 1878, he led the Vega Expedition, which would make history as the first Arctic expedition to navigate through the Northeast Passage. It was also the first voyage to circumnavigate Eurasia. Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld is connected to over 80… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVIII

Posted November 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have French ancestry? On this day in 1755, Louis XVIII was born at the Palace of Versailles. Known as “the Desired,” Louis XVIII was the fourth son born to the dauphin Louis, the son of King Louis XV. For 23 years, he lived in exile, during the French Revolution and the First French Empire, and again during the Hundred Days of Napoleon I’s return from Elba. Louis XVIII remained king for slightly less… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles, Prince of Wales

Posted November 14, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Prince Charles! Today he turns 66. Th eldest child Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948. He is the longest living heir apparent in history and the oldest person to be next in line for the throne since 1714. On July 22, 2013, Charles became a grandfather for the first time with the birth of Prince George. The little tyke will soon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward III of England

Posted November 13, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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On November 13, 1312, Edward III of England was born at Windsor Castle. He was crowned the King of England at the age of 14 after his father, Edward II, was deposed by his mother and her consort Roger Mortimer. Remembered for restoring royal authority after the disastrous reign of his father, Edward transformed the Kingdom of England into one of the most formidable military powers in Europe. In 1337, Edward claimed himself to be the rightful heir… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Grace Kelly on screen? Today we honor the legendary icon on what would have been her 85th birthday. Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a very affluent family. Her father, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, was once appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt as the National Director of Physical Fitness. Her mother taught physical education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the first female… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George S. Patton

Posted November 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Veterans Day in the U.S. Today we honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Day coincides with Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. In honor of the holiday, we highlight General George Patton, who was also born on this day in 1885 in San Gabriel, California. Considered one of the most successful generals in history, Patton was instrumental in the liberation of Germany from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching the sizzling chemistry between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on screen? On this day in 1925, actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Born Richard Walter Jenkins, Burton grew up in a working class family. His father was a coal miner, who sometimes went on gambling and drinking sprees for weeks. After his mother died when he was two years old, his older sister and her husband took him into their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie Today we celebrate the life of renowned physicist Marie Curie, who was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. A pioneer in radiation research, Marie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person (and only woman) to win twice in different fields. She was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska to a family of educators. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Posted November 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors who fought in the American Civil War? On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederacy. Davis was born on June 3, 1808 in Christian County, Kentucky. He married twice, losing his first wife Sara Knox Taylor to malaria only three months into their marriage. Sara was the daughter of his commanding officer, Zachary Taylor, who would later become the 12th President of the United States. In 1845,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guy Fawkes

Posted November 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is Guy Fawkes Day in the UK! “Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder reason and plot; I know of no reason, why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!” On this day in 1605, the infamous Guy Fawkes was thwarted in his attempt to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England. Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder with the intention of blowing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Art Carney

Posted November 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you watch The Honeymooners? Today we remember actor Art Carney, who was born on November 4, 1918 in Mount Vernon, New York. During World War II, Carney was drafted as an infantryman. He was wounded in the leg by shrapnel during the Battle of Normandy. As a result of his injury, Carney walked with a limp for the rest of his life. His right leg was 3/4-inch shorter than his left. After starting in radio,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Posted November 3, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Thirty-eight years ago today, the horror film classic Carrie opened in theaters. The film, starring new comer Sissy Spacek, was based on Stephen King’s best-selling first novel about an outcast teen who uses her telekinetic powers to seek revenge against her tormentors. Born on Christmas day in 1949, Spacek originally pursued a career in music before deciding to become an actor. She received her first Oscar nomination for her breakout performance as Carrie White. In 1980, she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johannes Vermeer

Posted October 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any Dutch ancestry? Today we highlight Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, who was born around October 31, 1632. Although little is known about the early years of his life, records show he was baptized on October 31 in Delft, the Netherlands. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Dutch artists of all time, Vermeer specialized in capturing the domestic life of the middle-class. Some of his famous paintings include “The Milkmaid,” “The Music Lesson”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Winkler

Posted October 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Henry Winkler! Today the actor turns 69. Born on October 30, 1945 in Manhattan, New York, Winkler is the sone of Ilse Anna Maria and Harry Irving Winkler, a lumbar company president. His parents were Jewish and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1939, on the eve of World War II. Winkler discovered a love for performing at an early age. A classically trained actor, he earned his MFA from the Yale School of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fanny Brice

Posted October 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 29, 1891, original “Funny Girl” Fanny Brice was born in New York City. The third of four children born to Rose Stern and Charles Borach, Brice began performing at a young age. Born Fania Borach, she used the stage name Fanny Brice to avoid being typecast in Jewish roles. She is considered to be one of America’s first female comedy superstars. A gifted singer and comedian, Brice enjoyed a successful vaudeville career before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonas Salk

Posted October 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 100th birthday to Dr. Jonas Salk! Today we celebrate the man who developed the first successful polio vaccine. On October 28, 1914, Jonas Edward Salk was born in New York City to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. An intellectually gifted child, Salk was encouraged by his parents to pursue his education. He earned his degree in medicine from New York University, where he determined he did not want to practice medicine, but pursue medical research. In 1947, Salk… Read the full story

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